You Can and You Have

Life is hard. Sometimes life feels overwhelming, and we tend to feel as if we are alone. This can cause us to feel like we just can’t handle what we are facing. There are times in our lives that we feel like we have absolutely no answer, no direction, nothing makes sense, and we are simply lost. Sometimes it may feel like you can’t seem to find a way to get through these next few hours, let alone the next few weeks. Part of you may feel like you just can’t do it, but the truth is, you can and you have.

We have endured months of the most disrupted, unknown, difficult times in history. The world pandemic has caused our normal to be stripped away. We have had to adapt, and sometimes make complete change. Although this has been very difficult, there has been growth in this process. There is some good in the midst of all the past chaos. This is true with whatever we face in life. Difficult times create growth, even we don’t like it or don’t feel it.

God never leaves us alone. There is hope, there is help, and Jesus is there with you.

Right this moment, take a second to breathe. Sit down and let out some pressure by talking to God. Talk to Him as if you were talking to your friend. Thank Him for what you have in your life, and then ask Him to help you stay focused. Ask Him to help you balance all these crazy situations and emotions. Ask Him to help you feel His presence so you don’t feel like you are all alone. Ask God ANYTHING! Give Him the chance to help you and give Him the time to show you His work. Don’t rush through anything in life to please other people. Rush to God and let Him work things out in the way that is best for everyone. Trust in God, allow Jesus to carry you when you can’t walk on your own, and you will be able to face anything this world places in front of you.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path. PROVERBS 3:5-6

And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God. PHILIPPIANS 1:9-11

God is with us.
Layla Freeman

© Layla Freeman 2020
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
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Layla Freeman

Layla Freeman is a wife, mother, friend, and encourager to all. She is a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ. Layla is the C.E.O. and Founder of the Non-Profit outreach ministry called “Light of Hope”. www.lightofhopeinc.org. This is an outreach to help individuals and families who are struggling with addiction and life difficulties. On Christmas Eve 2013, Layla lost her oldest daughter Ashley. Ashley was only 23 years old. There is no greater pain than child loss. Layla attributes her ability to face each day, to the overwhelming love of Jesus, who carries her through. This very difficult journey has given Layla the desire to help those who are facing difficult times and to help people see the hope. Her love for helping others is the passion behind Light of Hope. Light of Hope non-profit ministry has a vast variety of services that encourage, educate, empower and bring change and hope to the lives of those who need restoration and new life. Layla was awarded the Non-Profit “Leading Lady” award of Rogers County in 2018. She was also voted #1 community volunteer “Best of Claremore” in both 2019 & 2020. On June 9, 2020, Layla Freeman was Inducted into the Prestigious Marquis Who’s Who Biographical National Registry, as well as recognized as an “Amazing Oklahoman” in October 2020. Additionally, her non-profit Light of Hope was awarded the "Non-Profit of the Year" in both 2019 & 2020 and is also the winner of the International 2020 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Community Drug Prevention Award. Layla is also an author. Her first book publication, HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE, offers hope in the midst of dark times. Layla is also the author of the encouragement blog “Layla’s Light,” found on Facebook or on her website, www.laylafreeman.com. She has been actively writing since 2001. Layla’s personal experience in the extreme difficulties of life gives her a deep understanding of brokenness. Therefore, Layla’s writing and passion behind her desire to help others is empowered by the truth of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness, and the hope we find in God’s promises. Layla is also a Business Owner/Vice President of Asset Industrial, Inc. She and her husband, Randall, work together providing services necessary for the oil refinery industry. She is also a respected Executive Committee Board Member, serving on the State Northeast Oklahoma Workforce Development Board. Layla is a public speaker and enjoys the opportunity to speak and present to groups, schools, churches, organizations, conferences, etc. She has a passion to bring awareness, education, and hope to our society. She believes that working together, and collaboration with others is the key to healthy families and stronger communities. In addition, Layla is a Stephen Minister, Congregational Care Minister, Lay Servant/Speaker, and a volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. (Layla has two daughters who face Type 1 Diabetes daily).

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